Best National Parks in China

When you think of National Parks, generally the Yellowstone National Park comes to mind. As the first national park in the world, it’s known to all. While taking about National parks in China, how much do you know?

In the vast land, China has thousands of National Parks, including nature reserves, geologic parks scenic spots and more categories. Among all breathtaking sceneries in each park, the best national parks in China are Zhangjiajie National Park, Jiuzhaigou National Park, Huangshan National Park, Guilin Lijiang National Park, Emeishan National Park and more to follow, according to the great reputation and feedback of most tourists.

No.1: Zhangjiajie National Park

As the most famous park in Wulingyuan Scenic Area, Zhangjiajie National Park features the mystic and amazing stone pillars landform by the result of years of erosion. With such a fantastic natural beauty of the earth, Zhangjiajie National Park was chose to the shooting site of movie “Avatar”. From different angles to see those gorgeous pillars, you may become more inspired about the stunning views. Besides, it also owns many other natural features, such as mountains, forests, caves, lakes and waterfalls.

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Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

No.2: Jiuzhaigou National Park

Jiuzhaigou, the ‘Land of Fairy Tale’, is said to be the most beautiful landscape in Sichuan Province, which was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. There are about 108 lakes, 3 famous waterfall groups and a number of endangered plant and animal species that attract millions of travelers to visit every year. Visiting Jiuzhaigou national park, you will not only enjoy the amazing natural sceneries, but also experience the local Tibetan culture. Also the nearby Huanglong Valley is another attraction and is worth visiting together.

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Jiuzhaigou National Park

Jiuzhaigou National Park

No.3: Huangshan National Park

“There is no need to visit other mountains after coming back from Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)”, which illustrates vividly the unparalleled nature beauty of this mountain. Huangshan National Park has spectacular landscape with unique scenes of interesting shaped rocks, waterfalls, unique shaped pine trees growing out of rocks, and its sea of clouds. Tourists can reach Huangshan easily from Shanghai.

The nearby Xidi and Hongcun ancient villages are also popular for visitors to experience the locals’ best living in harmony with the nature.

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Huangshan National Park

Huangshan National Park

No.4: Guilin Lijiang National Park

Unlike other National Parks, Guilin Lijiang National Park is outdoor and open scenic area with amazing Karst peaks along the Li River and the reflections created by the crystal waters of the river. Connecting Guilin to Yangshuo town, the Li River has sceneries everywhere and cruising or hiking around are top activities to experience idyllic and beautiful scene. Along the way you will encounter the most highlights of Elephant Trunk Hill, Peak Forest, Xingping Town, Mural Hill, Green Lotus Peak, etc.

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Guilin Lijiang National Park

Guilin Lijiang National Park

No.5: Emeishan National Park

Emeishan National Park, normally called Mount Emei, is a world heritage of Buddhism Culture land with reputed as one of the four Buddhist Mountains in China. From the bottom to summit of Mt. Emei with 3,099 meters high, there are different sizes of Buddhist temples to visit and appreciate the Buddhist architecture. Along the way, you can soak up the Buddhist culture with amazing natural wonders. With dense trees, you may have chance to find some wild animals, like monkeys, tiny squirrels and more cute species.

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Emeishan National Park

Emeishan National Park

No.6: Shilin National Park (Stone Forest)

Known as the “First Wonder of the World”, Shilin National Park in Kunming, Yunnan province is an extremely fine craftsmanship of God with various shapes of stones towering aloft together.

Separated into seven parts including Major Stone Forest, Minor Stone Forest, Naigu Stone Forest, and more sites, tour around this national park, you can easily find those tall rocks emanating from the ground in the manner of stalagmites. Stone Forest is the representative of south Karst landform of China.

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Shilin National Park

Shilin National Park

No.7: West Lake National Park

Situated in Hangzhou, West Lake National Park is composed by the freshwater of West Lake and the surrounding hills, temples, pagodas, pavilions, gardens. Divided by the causeways into several sections, the West Lake landform has influenced in the later Chinese garden design and natural beauty. Today, rowing a small boat to view the West Lake scenery and enjoy the breeze through the lake, West Lake National Park made an idealized fusion between humans and nature.

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West Lake National Park

West Lake National Park

No.8: Mt. Everest National Park

On the Nepal-Tibet borderline, there lies the Mt. Everest National Park, a mysterious and adventure land with many extreme wonders. With 8,848 meters above sea level, it’s the highest mountain in the world covered with thick snow in the whole year. As a holy mountain with such height, it becomes the life time travel for adventurous climbers and tourists. To visit Mt. Everest and stay overnight in Everest Base Camp is the most appropriate way to view the flag cloud phenomenon.

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Mt. Everest National Park

Mt. Everest National Park

Other popular National Parks in China is worth visiting:

  • Lushan National Park

    Lushan National Park is also a world culture heritage site in Jiangxi province. Representative of Chinese landscape culture and spiritual life of Buddhism and Taoism, the natural beauty of Lushan is integrated with its historical buildings and temples perfectly.

    Lushan National Park
  • Tianmen Mountain National Park

    Located in Zhangjiajie, Tianmen Mountain National Park features the longest passenger cableway of high mountains in the world with a total length of 7,455 meters, and a natural arch-hole in the summit with a height of 131.5 meters, which can’t be miss out.

    Tianmen Mountain National Park
  • Wutaishan National Park

    Connecting Five Mountains together, Wutaishan National Park is unique and special among other Chinese mountains. Meanwhile, feature a Buddhist mountain of extensive culture, Mount Wutai is highly chosen to make a pilgrimage journey.

    Wutaishan National Park
  • Taishan National Park

    Being the first of the Five Sacred Mountains in China, the spectacularity of Mount Tai proved its status firmly. With stunning nature on roadside, Taishan National Park also takes you to some historical worship sites of ancient Chinese emperors.

    Taishan National Park
  • Songshan National Park

    Taking about Songshan National Park, the shaolin temple is a must. Different styles of Shaolin Kung Fu show will arouse your interest to have a try. Also those historical buildings like Pagoda Forest trace back you to ancient times harmoniously.

    Songshan National Park

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6 Days Kunming, Dali & Lijiang Essence Tour
( Kunming / Dali / Lijiang)
4 Day Leisure Guilin Tour with Li River & Yangshuo
( Guilin / Li River / Yangshuo)

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Guilin Li River Scenery on 20 RMB Chinese Note, Taken by Claire from UK in October 2021

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